FOOTBALL: Deeping Rangers put focus on treble
The dream of a major final at Wembley Stadium is over as Deeping Rangers set their sights on promotion and two cup competitions.
The Clarets' best-ever run in the Buildbase FA Vase ended on Saturday when they missed out on a quarter-final place.
Scott Mooney put them ahead twice before half-time but Willand Rovers hit back for a dramatic 3-2 victory in Devon.
Manager Michael Goode admitted: “It’s really difficult because I feel sick and sad for the players who gave such a great account of themselves.
“I don’t know if we were the better team over 90 minutes but we certainly had better chances, especially until they scored.
"We had scrambles in the penalty box and efforts cleared off the line, then we hit the bar and Mooney's tap-in was disallowed for offside.
"If we had gone 2-0 up at that stage, it would have been a totally different mindset.
"Unfortunately, their first equaliser took a massive deflection when Lewis Elsom was going the other way.
"The lads felt the second goal got given when the ball wasn't even close to the line - plus there was a handball claim in the build-up.
"You always need a little bit of luck and those decisions didn't go our way.
"Conditions were poor but the referee told us before the game that he would be sensible with any bookings.
"After five minutes, Charlie Coulson got a yellow card but a similar foul just before half-time on Dan Jarvis didn't bring a caution for their player.
"The second half was tough because we were really tired and a mistake cost us. We came close at the end but it wasn't to be.
“We had a good run and we still have a great opportunity in three competitions this season.”
Deeping can claim second spot in the Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division at home to Sleaford Town on Tuesday night.